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    Don't understand this sentence structure

    I just read the newspaper from Hong Kong - South China Morning Post, I don't understand the sentence structure of Also held were Mak's partner in a cross-leasing deal and both men's wives...., why "held" can be put in this position, held is a verb, right? Please advise!



    Secretary for Development Mak Chai-kwong resigned yesterday after just 12 days in the job, and was arrested by the corruption watchdog over his claim for housing allowance while a civil servant in the 1980s. Also held were Mak's partner in a cross-leasing deal both men's wives....
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    Re: Don't understand this sentence structure

    What comes after "both men's wives"?

    Mak's partner was also held by... someone. The authorities, presumably.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Don't understand this sentence structure

    Hi Bard_D

    There's nothing after "both men's wives", please have a look

    Hong Kong News Headlines | Hong Kong's premier newspaper online | SCMP.com

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    Re: Don't understand this sentence structure

    Hello.
    Well, you have to register or subscribe to read the rest.

    (Edit) It's "Barb".

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    Re: Don't understand this sentence structure

    It's fine. It's stylistic inversion - Mak's partner in a cross-leasing deal and both men's wives were also held.


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    Re: Don't understand this sentence structure

    held = arrested (in this context).

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